Baroness Hale, the architect behind the Children Act 1989 – a central piece of legislation that put children at the heart of family law cases – has made history today, becoming the first ever woman President of the UK Supreme Court.
Whilst Baroness Hale had been tipped to be the new President in July of this year, she was sworn in to office today, officially taking up her position as President.
The Supreme Court’s website announced the nomination on 21st July, confirming Baroness Hale’s appointment and the date of her ceremony, Monday 2nd October. She is joined by new appointees to the Court, Lady Justice Black, Lord Justice Lloyd-Jones and Lord Justice Briggs.
Lady Hale’s biography offers some interesting information about her, but she remains one of our favourite judges for the work she has pioneered in the Family Court, which has consistently pushed the boundaries of the family justice system’s understanding of children and its remit to put them first in every case.
We wish her many congratulations.